Environmental health officers or officers in the USPHS in the Commissioned Corps have the freedom and flexibility to pursue a fulfilling and diverse career. Day-to-day accountabilities of environmental health officers consist of, but are not limited to:

  • Providing support and leadership to public health programs intended to protect the public from exposure to harmful substances
  • Providing services in environmental health, disease prevention, injury prevention, education and health promotion, and occupational safety
  • Undertaking greatly specialized services in areas such as industrial hygiene, counterterrorism, health physics, and hazardous litter
  • Conducting an extensive variety of activities, including investigations, surveys, research, teaching and training, technical assistance, consumer education, regulatory compliance, and standards and codes development
  • Regulating and reviewing medical devices and products
  • Conducting epidemiological and biomedical research
  • Monitoring and developing national health policies

Additionally, USPHS officers may have the chance to aid in public health responses to natural and man-made disasters and take part …